people meeting for a local history talk at gateshead east cemetery


Talks programme 2022

Our new season of talks begins in September. All talks are held at 2.00pm in the Caedmon Hall at Gateshead Central Library on the second Wednesday of each month (there are no talks in January, June, July or August).

September 2022- May 2023

AGM 2022

Our next AGM takes place on Wenesday 14th September 2022 at 2.00pm followed by a talk at 2. 30pm. Details below. All are welcome to the AGM but only those who are current members may vote.

Wednesday 14 September 2022 2.30pm   ‘Richard Collinson - Arctic explorer' by Anthea Lang

In  1850, Richard Collinson, the third son of Gateshead's former Rector, John Collinson, was sent on a perilous voyage to the Arctic in search of the missing John Franklin. What happened next was a remarkable feat of endurance.

Wednesday 12 October 2022 2.00pm   ‘The Curious Case of the Countess of Derwentwater' by Susan Lynn

In  1868 a lady arrived at Blaydon claiming to be the heir to the Derwentwater estates.Was she really the Countess ? This talk follows her adventures.

Wednesday 9 November 2022 2.00pm  'Holy Jesus Hospital; the back (yard) story’ by Lawrence Bryson

Hear all about religious institutions which were established in the C13th and disappeared from England in the C16th Dissolution, in particular the Friary on part of whose site the later almshouse was built.


Wednesday 14 December 2022 2.00pm ‘A Victorian Christmas' by Malcolm Grady

Join Dr Malcolm Grady as he explores what a Victorian Christmas really involved and how it evolved as the Christmas celebrations we know today. Expect  some Victorian party games!